Woods, ponds and lake hiking 

Some of the best hiking in the Adirondacks can be found along our scenic paths. You will find these trails lead their way around pristine ponds, crystal lakes and abundant wilderness to be explored. Many of these hikes and trails are family friendly, perfect for kids as they traditionally provide a wider path with less steep areas and need for scrambling. Browse our Adirondack hike and path listings below to discover your adventure while visiting the Adirondacks!

Ponds/Lakes/Woods Hikes: 1 - 98 of 98

Sargent Ponds Loop

The Sargent Ponds Loop makes for an excellent outing for the entire family. One of the nice things about this 7-mile loop is it can be hiked in its entirety or only in parts.
Raquette Lake

Trout Brook Path

This quarter-mile Trout Brook Path is a developed fisherman's path, but makes for a very scenic hike that opens up opportunities for fishing and birding
Long Lake

Spillway Trail

The Spillway Trail runs between Long Lake and Park Pond and is an excellent place for a very short family walk, a picnic, or to cast a few lines for some fantastic trout.
Long Lake

Mitchell Ponds

Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Inlet

Fly Pond

This is a very short trail to a very small backcountry pond with a grassy shoreline. This shoreline is quite attractive and the birding opportunities are quite good. Wildlife viewing has great potential as well.
Inlet

Limekiln Lake

Moose River Plains Road, Inlet

Puffer Pond Loop

The Puffer Pond Loop is a 5.3 mile loop featuring Puffer Pond at the midpoint. This hike makes for a nice Adirondack birding expedition.
Indian Lake

Ferd's Bog Trail

Ferd's Bog is a short hike that will bring you down to an attractive bog in Inlet where you will find wildflowers, deep green vegetation and an excellent area for birding.
Inlet

Rock River Trail

The Rock River Trail is a 3-mile trail through a pristine forest that ends at a very scenic area on Rock River in Indian Lake.
Indian Lake

Sly Pond

Sly Pond Trail in Indian Lake is a majestic and lightly traveled trail to one of the highest elevation ponds in the Adirondack Park.
Indian Lake

Great Camp Sagamore Lake Trail

This is a pleasant walk on an old carriage road which circles the lake and provides views across the lake to the Great Camp Sagamore, once the summer home of the Vanderbilts.
Raquette Lake

Barker Pond

Blue Mountain Lake

Falls Pond

Otter Brook Road, Inlet

Wilson Pond Trail

An Adirondack hike into a nice pond, with a variety of habitats along the way. Grassy Pond is on your left at .5 mile, and the trail ends at Wilson Pond at 2.9 miles, where you'll find the Wilson Pond Lean-to.
Indian Lake

Lake Eaton Trail

Lake Eaton, just north of Long Lake, is one of the most attractive lakes in the region. The Lake Eaton Recreation Trail brings you through an attractive forest to a a more remote area on the lake.
Long Lake

Cellar Pond Hike

Cellar Pond is an interesting back-country gem in Indian Lake that gets very little attention from hikers.
Indian Lake

Moss Lake Loop

Big Moose Road, Inlet

Lower and Upper Browns Tract Ponds to Shallow Lake

This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake Region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack Ponds, one of which is a hidden gem. This is an excellent half-day hike that shouldn't get overlooked.
Raquette Lake

Rock Lake Trail

The very short Rock Lake Trail in India Lake is a popular spot for fisherman and those willing to make the short jaunt to paddle a secluded lake. The shoreline is quite attractive and the birding opportunities are plentiful.
Indian Lake

Chub Pond

Located on the Castle Rock Loop in Blue Mountain Lake, Chub Pond is a very small back-county wilderness pond with outstanding wildlife and birding potential.
Blue Mountain Lake

Deep Lake

Otter Brook Road, Inlet

Catlin Bay

Catlin Bay is a scenic 1.1 mile hike along the Northville/Placid Trail at the Northeast Shore of Long Lake, New York.
Long Lake

Bullhead Pond

Bullhead Pond is a short hike with a mild elevation gain into a small lake, prized by anglers for great fishing
Indian Lake

Colonel Peck's Grave

A short trail leads to an old cemetery containing the grave of Colonel Peck, Hamilton County's only Revolutionary War officer.
Speculator

Butter Brook Trail

The Butter Brook Trail was used mainly as a snowmobile trail but not properly designated as one on most maps. The trail is an obvious route on all maps and leads back along Butter Brook, a Branch of the Moose River and to Little Moose Lake. The trail has
Indian Lake

Queer Lake

Big Moose Road, Inlet

Tirrell Pond

Blue Mountain Lake

Safford Pond

North Rondaxe Road, Inlet

Moose River Plains Wild Forest

Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Inlet

Little Lost Pond

Otter Brook Road, Inlet